Fabulous events raise crucial funds for marine science education and provide exciting opportunities for participants. Below are two keystone events for the year, though there are others throughout the year. Event sponsorships are available for most events.
The Global Oceans Awards Gala
10th Anniversary of the Global Oceans Awards Gala
Honoring Andreas Merkl and a Decade of Ocean Heroes
March 8, 2014
Cocktails at 6 PM • Dinner at 7 PM
David Morrell and Kirsten Gruesz • Steven Penrose and Mary Miller
Join Mr. Merkl and many of our past honorees (see below) for an elegant evening celebrating those who make a difference for our oceans –– while enjoying award-winning cuisine paired with fine wines and exceptional friends. This special event originated in 2004 with an honorary award to former UCSC Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood.
This year’s honoree, Andreas Merkl, is the President and CEO of Ocean Conservancy, which educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Andreas leads the organization’s efforts to tackle the ocean’s biggest challenges with science-based solutions.
With a background in environmental science, resource economics and business, Andreas is particularly interested in determining the ocean’s rightful role in answering the central question of our time: how to meet the enormous resource demands of a rapidly growing global population without destroying the natural systems that sustain us.
Andreas holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Regional Planning and Natural Resource Analysis from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
The Friends of Long Marine Lab will also honor the top two student research and education award recipients, Christie Hegermiller and Christopher Law.
Bittersweet Bistro opens the doors of its private dining room exclusively for the Global Oceans Awards Gala. Proprietors Thomas and Elizabeth Vinolus will delight us with exquisite dishes — from delicious appetizers to legendary desserts. Each of the five courses will be paired with fine wines.
Former Global Oceans Award recipients:
2005 – Frans Lanting
2006 – Bruce McPherson
2007 – Leon Panetta
2008 – Marcia McNutt
2009 – Brent Constantz
2010 – Kathryn Sullivan
2011 – Julie Packard
2012 – Stephen Palumbi
2013 – Richard Harris
This semi-formal dinner is typically held in late winter or early spring. It is a joyful occasion, with exquisite dishes from sustainable sources, each paired with fine wines from award-winning California vintners. Ticket and table proceeds directly support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s education programs.
Whale of an Auction
The annual Whale of an Auction is typically held on the beautiful University of California, Santa Cruz campus. This lavish affair features both silent and high-energy live auctions. A delicious feast adds to the fun–– typically with an oyster bar, a festive dinner, fine wines, and champagne. It’s always a green event with seafood chosen in accordance with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines.
This charity auction is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to bid on fabulous items—one-of-a-kind field trips with renowned scientists, explorers, and adventurers, vacations in exotic places, extraordinary art glass, exclusive dinners, fine wines, and gift baskets filled with goodies.
Check our calendar for the latest details.